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September 19, 2017

*Please note, visitation restrictions take effect across the WakeMed system on October 1, 2017 Dear patients, families and friends, During the fall, winter and early spring, viruses like Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and influenza (flu) are circulating in our communities. For most people who are healthy and older than the age of five, RSV and the flu are typically …

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September 19, 2017

Raleigh, N.C. (September 19, 2017) – WakeMed Health & Hospitals and SouthLight Healthcare announce a collaboration to better serve individuals with behavioral health and substance use disorders in our community.  The WakeMed and SouthLight collaboration aims to expedite and streamline a care process to help patients with behavioral health and substance use disorders access the …

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September 13, 2017

Recently, I took care of an elderly woman who had recently moved to North Carolina from New York in the past year. She had moved here a couple of years prior, and in her old age, she wanted to be closer to family. From Homesick to Feeling at Home I asked my patient how she …

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September 13, 2017

‘Tis the season for all things pumpkin-related! Recently, WakeMed dietitian, Parul Kharod, was featured in the Cary Magazine’s fall food article on pumpkin and its many nutritional benefits. Definitely check out the article in Cary Magazine’s September/October issue, out on stands now. Below, we’ve re-posted Parul’s original recipe. Give it a try at your next lunch …

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September 07, 2017

Hurricane Irma has the southeastern U.S. Atlantic coast in its sights, and Wake County, NC residents know all too well how wild weather can cause major destruction in our area. At WakeMed, we are committed to helping you and your family stay safe during inclement weather, which is why we have compiled a trusted list …

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August 31, 2017

Like most people, I didn’t even know that you could donate milk before I had a baby. One day, while scrolling through Instagram, I saw a post by a nurse who was donating her extra milk to the hospital where she worked. That sounded like an amazing idea to me and since my own freezer was …

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August 28, 2017

While cases of conjunctivitis “pink eye” are often associated with cold and flu season, it is also something that tends to crop up as children go back to school and are sharing books, food and more in classrooms. What is Pink Eye? Conjunctivitis “Pink Eye” is a highly contagious, viral infection that is spread easily. …

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August 23, 2017

The summer isn’t over just yet! Cool down with this super easy, healthy cucumber recipe. *Bonus – You can purchase locally grown, fresh cucumbers at the WakeMed Farmer’s Market. Our last Farmer’s Market is Tuesday, August 29th! View a printable version of this recipe. Prep Time: 10 m | Total Time: 20 m INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 …

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August 17, 2017

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to a solar eclipse. Depending on where you live, you may experience a total eclipse, where the moon will fully cover the sun for a few minutes. Click here to see if you’re one of the lucky ones who live in the “path …

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August 16, 2017

On Monday, August 21, 2017, many of us will experience a rare, total solar eclipse. The following are some creative, fun and healthy space-themed snacks that are definitely out of this world! View a printable version of these recipes. Eat the Moon Space Snack Prep Time: 5 m | Total Time: 5 m INGREDIENTS Plain …

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August 15, 2017

Playgrounds are great places for kids to just be kids. However, they can also present hidden dangers if parents aren’t vigilant. In fact, roughly 45 percent of playground-related injuries are due to lack of supervision by adults. Take a look at some of these helpful tips, provided by Safe Kids, and use them to keep your …

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August 10, 2017

For most colleges around the United States, this is the time of year where students are prepping to begin their fall semester of classes. Whether it’s your first time away from home or your third time enrolling as a student, staying healthy at college can be a challenge – especially when you toss in busy …

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August 09, 2017

Green beans are one of the most versatile legumes around. Eat them raw, add them to salads, casseroles, side dishes and more. Below, we provide three different green bean recipes, plus a BONUS recipe – all of which you can make in a snap! View a printable version of these recipes. Green Bean Casserole Bundles Prep …

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August 07, 2017

Miscarriage, though very common, can be quite challenging and often devastating to expectant mothers. Below, we provide answers to common questions related to miscarriage as well as information to dispel any myths. Causes & Predictors for Miscarriage The incidence for miscarriage is approximately 8 to 20 percent in early pregnancies (less than 20 weeks). Risk …

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August 02, 2017

July and August are back-to-school season for many here in Wake County. Whether your kids are year-round or traditional, getting into the swing of things at the start of a new school year can be tough. Set your family up for success with these tips for a healthy back-to-school. Tips for Better Back-to-School Health #1 …

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August 02, 2017

Rich in vitamins and phytochemicals such as lycopene, tomatoes are nutrient-dense and offer numerous health benefits. Check out the following recipes – there’s definitely more than one way to slice a tomato! View a printable version of these recipes. Peach-Tomato Salsa Prep Time: 12 m | Total Time: 12 m INGREDIENTS 1 ripe peach, peeled, pitted, …

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July 26, 2017

There’s more than one way to eat okra. Not only is okra low in calories, it’s also packed with fiber and is rich in potassium, vitamin B, vitamin C, folic acid and calcium. This makes it the perfect veggie to help keep your heart, liver, blood sugar and digestive system running strong. Below are a …

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July 24, 2017

For many, the ability to keep doing the things we enjoy and spending time with those we care about are the keys to aging well and maintaining a good quality of life. According to the National Council on Aging, falls are currently the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for older adults.  The …

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July 21, 2017

Summer can be tough on your skin – with all the sun, sand, travel and recreation, your skin has probably taken a beating over the past few months. While you may notice dry summer skin without much thought, more serious skin conditions can arise during the summer months that require a closer look. That’s why …

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July 19, 2017

Blueberries are not only delicious, they’re packed full of vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Check out the following recipes for ideas on how you can incorporate this healthy fruit into your diet this summer. View a printable version of these recipes. Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade Prep time: 10 m | Total Time: 17 m INGREDIENTS …

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July 17, 2017

Sunscreen is a vital part of your summer survival toolkit – but it can be challenging to choose the right kind and maximize its effectiveness. Read on for tips and advice to keep your skin safe while you have fun in the sun! Sun Smarts Sun damage – including sunburn – is caused by exposure …

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July 17, 2017

If you’ve ever had a red, itchy rash pop up a day or two after spending time outside, you know how annoying and painful poison ivy can be. Since the rash often takes 12 to 72 hours to appear – and there’s not a lot you can do to relieve the itch once it starts …

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July 17, 2017

If you’re like me, you want to spend all your free time with your best buddy…your furry friend.  But, in these ‘dog days’ of summer, we have to take extra precautions when we have our pets with us in the sweltering summer weather. Pets are often so eager and excited to spend time with their …

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July 14, 2017

Get ready to get your play on this July with WakeMed and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). About Park and Recreation Month Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by NRPA, Park and Recreation Month specifically highlights the vital and powerful role local parks and recreation, …

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July 12, 2017

With temperatures soaring into the upper 90’s – and the heat index between 100 and 105 degrees – it’s important to stay hydrated, limit your time outdoors and be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses. Listen to your body. If you are outside and you start to feel overheated or dizzy, stop …

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July 12, 2017

As OBGYNs you can bet that we hear some interesting things about pregnancy and childbirth. Many patients ask if we can tell the sex of the baby by the way the are showing or whether or not craving pickles means that their baby will like pickles too. Some of these can be pretty sweet and …

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July 12, 2017

Add a splash of the tropics to your summer with these super simple & healthy tropics-inspired recipes! View a printable version of these recipes. Tropical Cucumber Salad Prep time: 15 m | Total Time: 15 m INGREDIENTS 3-5 teaspoons fish sauce 1 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest, plus more for garnish 2 tablespoons lime juice 1 …

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July 06, 2017

What better way to cool down this summer than with one of our favorite summertime fruits? These pineapple recipes are delicious, healthy and super easy to make. Try one or all of them! View a printable version of all three recipes. Pineapple Coconut Overnight Oats Prep time: 5 m | Total Time: 5 m INGREDIENTS …

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July 05, 2017

After a mild few weeks in June, temperatures in NC are back to our normal sticky, summer heat and humidity. Hot and humid conditions are known to increase your body’s loss of fluids, and proper hydration will ensure that all of your body’s organs continue to function properly. With several full months of summer left …

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July 05, 2017

I am an odd combination of loving to try new things while hating the process of learning something new. I crave the feeling of success and knew going into it – motherhood would be a huge helping of humble pie. Taking Birth & Family Classes at WakeMed My husband and I signed up to take …

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June 30, 2017

As families are packing up their beach bags and jump into pools, oceans, rivers and lakes this summer, many parents are concerned about a swimming risk that’s gotten a lot of recent media attention. It’s called secondary drowning (also known as dry drowning). Here at the WakeMed Children’s Emergency Department, we have seen an influx …

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June 30, 2017

Summer is a great time of year for travel, outdoor fun, cookouts and festivities. Whether you suffer from heart disease, are at risk for heart disease or just want to maintain a heart healthy lifestyle, here’s some tips from your neighborhood cardiologist, Dr. Richard Daw, who practices at the Apex and Cary offices of WakeMed …

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June 29, 2017

WakeMed was honored to be part of the Raleigh Million Step Challenge this past Spring. Hosted by Alliance Medical Ministry, Advance Community Care and WakeMed – local, pre-diabetic women were challenged to walk 1,000,000 steps over the course of 112 days. How Steps Were Tracked All patients were placed on teams and received FitBits, and …

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June 29, 2017

At WakeMed, our patients are so much more than what we see in a hospital bed. In December of 2016, Mindy Moore was admitted to WakeMed’s Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit (STICU) after suffering a pulmonary embolism – a condition in which one or more arteries in the lungs become blocked by a blood clot. Her …

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June 23, 2017

It’s officially summer in North Carolina – which means it’s officially tick season, too. And, unfortunately, because we had one of the mildest winters on record in 2016-2017, we’re predicted to have a peskier than normal tick problem this year. What do you do if you get bitten by a tick? Don’t panic. Family medicine …

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June 22, 2017

Each year, emergency departments in the United States treat approximately 7,000 patients for injuries caused by fireworks.  Injuries from fireworks can range from burns to more serious medical problems like cuts and amputations. In severe cases, consequences from fireworks use can result in death. Protect yourself and your family by following these guidelines from the National Fire …

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June 22, 2017

Legs take center stage in the summer when we tend to show more skin and get out and be more active. This summer, make sure your legs are healthy and in good shape with the following tips from our expert physicians right here in Apex/Cary. Our team can help get you moving or address any …

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June 22, 2017

With warm weather here to stay and a holiday weekend around the corner, it’s time to fire up the grill and enjoy a meal outside with friends and family (a must-read: July 4th Heart Healthy Meals). But before you lay out your picnic blanket, keep in mind that bacteria also love warm weather. Don’t let …

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June 22, 2017

Need a little help with your meal prep this 4th of July? Chef Rob has you covered. Try the following recipes. Not only are they delicious – they’re heart healthy as well! Grilled Beets with Garbanzo Beans & Feta INGREDIENTS 4-5 medium sized red beets 2 TBL olive oil 1tsp kosher salt ¼ tsp fresh …

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June 20, 2017

Get ready to celebrate Independence Day with these super easy, fun and healthy “watermelon-inspired” recipes. Watermelon is one of the most popular summer fruits around. As the name suggests, watermelon is made up of mostly water (about 92 percent), and it’s refreshing on those hot, North Carolina summer days. Did you know that watermelon is also soaked …

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June 20, 2017

The July 4 holiday is prime time for water fun for both adults and children. It also a time when we see an increase in injuries as the result of unsafe swimming habits. Someone who sees these injuries firsthand is the medical director for the Emergency Department at WakeMed Apex Healthplex, Dr. Jeffrey Cook. Whether …

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June 09, 2017

The Adult Emergency Department at WakeMed Raleigh Campus has not yet seen a big spike in heat-related illnesses and emergency visits. There may be an increase following a longer stretch of extremely high temperatures. Most often, people heed warnings and stay inside when North Carolina’s humid, summer temperatures first hit.  But as these temperatures settle in to …

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June 05, 2017

WakeMed Spiritual Care will be holding a Service of Remembrance on Thursday, June 8th in our Raleigh Campus Courtyard to honor adult loved ones who have passed away. Families, loved ones, and staff are all welcome to attend. Thursday, June 8 6:30 to 7:30 pm WakeMed Raleigh Campus, Outdoor Courtyard 3000 New Bern Ave, Raleigh …

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June 05, 2017

Our heredity plays a role in how we hear. I know! I know! If you had a dollar for all the things mom and dad didn’t tell you! Most likely, your parents may have chalked their hearing loss up to selective hearing or “just something that happens with age”. Hearing Loss: Not Just Age-Related The truth …

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May 30, 2017

It sounds like she’s slurring her words a little bit, and she’s not holding her coffee cup like she normally does.  Is her face drooping on one side?  Something really doesn’t seem right. I’m really worried.  Is she having a stroke?  Maybe we should call 9-1-1.  Or would it be quicker for me to just …

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May 25, 2017

A new guideline was published in March by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists stating that individuals planning to start a family or pregnant should be offered carrier screening for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).1,2 Some questions that may come to mind are: What is SMA? What does it mean to be a carrier? How …

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May 22, 2017

There is no question that a spinal cord injury is a life-changing event.  The rehabilitation hospital/provider you choose can change your life as well.  WakeMed Rehabilitation Hospital in Raleigh, NC provides highly specialized care and therapies for people with spinal cord injuries, helping them achieve the best possible outcome and quality of life. For many …

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May 18, 2017

As the philanthropic partner of WakeMed Health & Hospitals, the WakeMed Foundation is focused on supporting the health and well-being of our community. Together, we have an impressive track record of connecting the passions of our supporters with the lifesaving care WakeMed delivers each and every day. From helping fund the construction of several key …

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May 17, 2017

This year, the WakeMed NICU is hosting a Kangaroo-A-Thon from May 8th to May 19th. The Kangaroo-A-Thon is part of a larger, nationwide Kangaroo Challenge in which hospitals from around the world compete to encourage kangaroo care between new parents and their babies. Learn more about Kangaroo Care at WakeMed. What is a Kangaroo Care? Also …

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May 16, 2017

Noise is one of the most common causes of hearing loss. Often, its effects are underestimated because the damage takes place so gradually. The risk of hearing loss depends on both the intensity and the duration of the exposure to the loud noise or music. Noise/music induced hearing loss is preventable. In fact, the average …

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